Baking Bread – Cuban Pan De Ajo (Cuban Garlic Bread)

Last week I went right down to Miami for the primary time to pattern and report on the colourful Miami meals group. What I discovered was a meals group full of fantastic exile tales, harmful ocean crossing adventures, and great snapshots of nice Miami meals fare, particularly Cuban meals. Along with my staffer Emily, we had been particularly smitten with the scent, style,texture and serving strategies of Cuban bread.

Cuban sandwiches are world famend and a staple at any Cuban restaurant. Emily thinks it’s the bread that makes the sandwich. That debate can rage on perpetually. The precise Cuban white bread is by no means advanced, however truly fairly easy. It has a special baking methodology and is made with totally different substances than French or Italian bread. The bread is baked in a chilly oven over boiling water earlier than it reaches its desired baking temperature. Cuban bread is then baked with a dab of lard or vegetable shortening. Real Cuban bread is baked in lengthy, baguette-fashion loaves. It has no preservatives so it won’t hold lengthy. After just a few days, the bread turns into extraordinarily laborious. This bread is made to be loved immediately. The finest means to make use of it apart from in a sandwich, is to have it served at breakfast. In Cuban households, the bread is toasted with butter and served with a sizzling mug of cafe con leche for breakfast.

This bread baking recipe is a good way to savor and luxuriate in Cuban bread. It is straightforward to arrange and blends great flavors collectively to kind an excellent publicity to Cuban meals and tradition.

Pan de Ajo (Cuban Garlic Bread)

Serves 8-10

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons butter, melted

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons diced parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 (2 ft) loaf Cuban bread or French bread, lower into 1-inch thick slices

1. Combine the oil, butter, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Let this combination sit for at the very least quarter-hour, so the flavors can mix collectively.

2. Preheat the oven to 350*F.

3. Spread the garlic combination on one aspect of every slice of bread.

4. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet and bake for six to 10 minutes, till the butter has melted and the bread has browned.

Serve instantly.

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